Bonnie S. Brennen
Dr. Bonnie S. BrennenMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 404E

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3493(414) 288-5227 (FAX)

Nieman Professor of Journalism

Journalism and Media Studies


Ph.D., University of Iowa

Courses Taught

COMM 3900 Ethical Problems in Mass Communication
COMM 6000 Communication Theory
JOUR 4600 History of American News Media
COMM 6050 Humanistic Theories and Qualitative Methods
COMM 6900 Storytelling in Public Life
COMM 4750/5750 Media, Technology and Society
Mass Media and Society

Research Interests

Cultural history of media, social and cultural communication theory, media studies and popular culture

Professional Experience

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Temple University
Chair, Department of Journalism, Temple University
Director of Production Services, ADVO Publications
Production Manager, Daily News Greensheet Shopper
Production Manager, Sun Flair

Professional Affiliations

Contributing Editor, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism
Editorial Board Member, Journalism Studies, Democratic Communique, Journalism Practice, Communication Methods and Measures, Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture, Journal of Communication Inquiry
Associate Editor, Journalism & Communication Monographs
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
International Communication Association
American Journalism Historians Association

Select Publications

Brennen, Bonnie, ed. (2013). Assessing evidence in a postmodern world. Marquette University Press.

Brennen, Bonnie (2013). Contradictions. Strategic Publications.

Brennen, Bonnie (2012). Qualitative research methods for media studies. Routledge.

Brennen, Bonnie S. and Hanno Hardt, eds. (2010). The American journalism history reader. Routledge.

Brennen, Bonnie (2001). For the record: An oral history of Rochester, New York newsworkers. NY: Fordham University Press.

Brennen, Bonnie and Hanno Hardt, eds. (1999). Picturing the past: Media, history, and photography.Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

Brennen, Bonnie and Hanno Hardt, eds. (1995). Newsworkers: Towards a history of the rank and file. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Brennen, B. S., & Brown, R. (2016). Persecuting Alex Rodriguez. Race, money and the ethics of reporting the performance-enhancing drug scandal. Journalism Studies, 17 (1), 21-38.

“Taking our Pictures: Citizen photojournalism in traditional US news media,” with Scott Brennen, Journalism Practice, Vol. 9 No. 4, 2015, pps. 520-535.

“Gawker Going Union May Not be Last For Labor in Media,” Law 360, June 12, 2015, available at:

“Persecuting Alex Rodriguez. Race, Money and the Ethics of Reporting the Performance-Enhancing Drug Scandal,” with Rick Brown, Journalism Studies, 2014, available at:

“Trajectories for the Future. Journalism Studies in Context,” Journalism Studies, Vol. 15, No. 6, 2014, pps. 695-698.

“In Honor of Hanno Hardt,” Visual Communication Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2012, pps.1-4.

“Lockouts, Protests, and Scabs: A Critical Assessment of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Strike,” in A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II, Eds. Janice Peck and Inger L. Stole, 2011, pps. 207-230.

“Photojournalism: Historical Dimensions to Contemporary Debates,” The Routledge Companion to News & Journalism, Ed. Stuart Allan, 2010, pps. 71-81.

“Will Pergl,” Current Tendencies II, Catalog writing project of Milwaukee artists created by the Haggerty Museum, 2011.

“Journalism in Second Life, with Erika Dela Cerna,” Journalism Studies, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2010, pps. 546-554.

“The Future of Journalism,” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2009, 300-302.

Brennen, Bonnie (2008). From Religiosity to consumerism: Press coverage of Thanksgiving, 1905 to 2005. Journalism Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, 21-37.

Brennen, Bonnie, (2008). Labor and the press in 1908. 1908: An auspicious year in journalism. University of Missouri Press.

Brennen, Bonnie, (2008). Communication and the knowable community. Asian Communication Research Journal (3), 31-42.

Brennen, Bonnie (2006). Searching for ‘the sane society’: Eric Fromm’s contributions to social theory. Javnost/The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 3, 7-16.

Brennen, Bonnie (2005). Lockouts, protests, and scabs: A critical assessment of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner strike. Critical Studies in Media Communication, Vol. 22, No. 1, 64-81.

Brennen, Bonnie, Miller, L. and and Edgerton-Webster, B. (2005). The construction of readership in Ebony, Essence and O, The Oprah Magazine. Media Report to Women, Vol. 33, No. 1, 5-13.

Brennen, Bonnie (2004). From headline shooter to picture snatcher: The construction of photojournalists in American film, 1928-1939. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Vol. 5, No. 4, 423-439.

Brennen, Bonnie and Wilkins, L. (2004). Conflicted interests, contested terrain: Journalism ethics then & now. Journalism Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, 297-309.

Brennen, Bonnie (2004). The emergence of class consciousness in the American Newspaper Guild. In D. Heider (Ed.) Class & news (pp. 233-247). Roman & Littlefield.

Brennen, Bonnie (2004). Provocative interventions: Celebrating the work of Hanno Hardt. Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 28, No. 3, 269-277.

Brennen, Bonnie (2003). Sweat not melodrama: Reading the structure of feeling in 'All the President’s Men.' Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Vol. 4, No. 1, 113-131.

Brennen, Bonnie and Duffy, Margaret (2003). If a problem cannot be resolved, enlarge it. An ideological critique of the other in Pearl Harbor and September 11, New York Times coverage. Journalism Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, 3-14.

Brennen, Bonnie (2003). Remembering a mentor. In Michael Murray (Ed.) Mass communication education (pp. 119-120). Iowa State University Pres.

Brennen, Bonnie and Wilkins, L. (2002). History, hate and hegemony: What’s a journalist to do? International Journal of Politics and Ethics, Vol. 2, 37-48.

Brennen, Bonnie (2000). Communication & freedom: An Althusserian reading of media-government relations. Javnost/The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Vol VII, No. 4, 5-15.

Brennen, Bonnie, (2000). What the hacks say. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring edition, 106-113.

Brennen, Bonnie (2000). Fictional journalists. Newswork in American novels. In H. Hardt In the company of media: Cultural constructions of communication, 1920s-1930s (pp. 101-115, 169-174). Westview Press.

Brennen, Bonnie (2000). Billboards of the dream. Walker Evans on 1930s U.S. advertising. In H. Hardt In the company of media: Cultural constructions of communication, 1920s-1930s (pp. 116-128, 175-176). Westview Press.


Book Review
Review of Carole Quirke, Eyes on labor: News Photography and America's Working Class, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 48, no. 1, 2014.

Honors and Awards

Honored at the Marquette University Men's Basketball game on December 2, 2015 for contributions to research and teaching

Inducted into the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame on October 16, 2015

Why Marquette

I am particularly interested in the integration of theory with practice at Marquette University. The social responsibility mission coupled with a focus on teacher-scholars also resonates with my personal teaching philosophy.